Plug/rope how to pack?

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  1. buckwhite

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    A very generous forum member sent me a couple of tobacco samples, one of which is a plug variety. I'm anxious to try it out but have NO idea how to prepare it for the bowl! Do you unwrap it? Chop it up? What is "rubbing"? Any advice is appreciated, I looked this rope up on tobaccoreviews.com and it sounds like it is right up my alley...if I can figure out how to smoke it!
     
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    It depends on the firmness of the plug, but you can carve a hunk off with a pocket knife or break a chunk off with our finger. Then you can break it up, rub it out or stuff it whole into the bowl. Put some fine scraps on top for easier lighting. Make sure you char the top good before preceding.

    Slice coins, like a dime or a little thicker, and either break it up, rub it out, or stack them whole in your pipe. Again, putting some finely rubbed leaf on top and charring it evenly across the top will make things go a lot more smoothly.

    They both take a little practice, but are worth he effort. :bing:
     
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    If I am correct, rubbing it out means putting the plug or slice in the palm of your hand, and rub it with the thumb of your other hand until it is broken up to the consistancy that you wish. It just basically takes large chuncks and make them easier to load, light, and in some cases enhances the flavor.
     
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    Yep, and you can just roll it in between both palms too. Sometimes works better with a full bowls worth, verses just a thumb. If you are working with a small amount for topping off, thumb & palm work great.
     
  5. Grumpynuts

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    Here's an example of plug preparation:
     
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    Awesome! Thanks guys! I can't wait to add plug to my repetoire!
     
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    Slicing with a cigar cutter works well.
     
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    All the above work. I generally slice bits off with a knife, having a sharp knife helps, though my half blunt one manages to reduce my plugs to something of the consistency of BCP, something a little lumpy and large, but seeing as I love BCP it's no bad thing. The main thing is getting it down to some kind of consistency that can be put in a pipe. Welcome to the world of plugs and I hope you get as much pleasure out of them as I have.
     
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  9. Snake

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    I cut it up this way.
    Then rub out any
    Bigger bits.
     
  10. BernardLerring

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    Morning folks, kicking off with some EMP.

    EDIT: Doh!! Wrong thread! Muppet!!!!
     
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